Friday, June 15, 2012

It's all about succulents this summer

In May, when the Farmer's Market opened for the season, I met Valerie, the knower of all things succulent via her little business, Hooked on Cactus.  Click on Valerie's name for the original post that introduced her.  I have been going back every week picking up something for the succulent garden I am creating.  So far so good.  My brown thumb seems to be cooperating and the succulents are thriving. 

One of the things I've learned from Valerie is that succulents self-propagate very easily.  Of course, the loose Pork & Beans had not met me yet.  Nevertheless, V gave me a handful of loose P&B babies with instructions on what to do.  Below are the babies nesting in a pot of cactus potting mix.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that some of these babies will thrive.


I've had the crate below for at least 35 - 40 years.  I've taken it with me everywhere and it has suffered lots of exposure through many seasons including cold/hot exchanges in the not temperature controlled shed behind the house for many years.  Don has long since given up on trying to separate me from my junk. So - after exploring succulents on Pinterest, I was inspired to haul the old girl out and put her to work.  I have her in shade and I will baby her along with the little P&B's.  I think she looks happy so far.





I found a little pot of succulents for under $4.00 at the local grocery store and since I knew Valerie wasn't going to be at the Farmer's Market this week, I picked it up.  My $4 has netted me potentially 11 lovely little plants that will get transferred to a larger setting when they are bigger.





This last picture is the box making friends with two of the arrangements I purchased from V a few weeks ago.  They all seem to be getting along just fine.

Tonight is Adrian's birthday and Krista is throw a big party at her house.  It is the first BIG party she has ever planned and she just about had a meltdown at Costco a few days ago.  Now that this is posted, I'm heading out into the backyard (again).  This time I'm pre-grilling all the hamburger patties and hot dogs.  Fun times.  Thank you, God for a temperature of 84 degrees today and not the 98 from a couple of days ago.

10 comments:

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

I love succulents and sure did hate having to leave my hens and chicks when we moved.

jet1960 said...

Love them! I'm trying to start a collection myself!

Annie said...

It seems that even I can't hurt them. Shade. A splash of water. They're happy.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Annie, I too love succulents... My favorite (and we have lots in our yard) is the Autumn Joy Sedum...

Happy Birthday to Adrian... Planning a big party is hectic ---but I'm sure everyone will have a great time.

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

trailbee said...

I really like what you have done with your succulents. They're going to grow and expand. Maybe you can show us what happened a couple of months later.
Last year I planted some cactus on my septic area. One day I found one of these hardy creatures keeled over, not far from another one, also keeled over, but definitely dead. I took my live one to the cactus guru on 120, Poots Cactus, and he told me to sit it in a cup, not touching the bottom, and put in a little water. Six months later I finally saw the beginning of roots. It is now ready to return to the real world, but this time I'm putting it into a gal. can with a gopher steel mesh liner, and sit it into the ground. I think this will work.

Ginny said...

I have never heard of pork and beans, you will have to keep showing us as they thrive!

Jenny Woolf said...

Wonderful that the crate came in useful after all these years. That is what I always say "It'll come in useful" !

Thanks for your comment - and good luck with growing on your tiny "babies"

Tash said...

I love sedums and succulents and seeing them all together like a pretty patchwork quilt in that crate is simply joyous! How could one fail to smile at seeing that? If I get a house that is suitable, I would love to grow a sedum roof - we were at a country park today and they had a bird hide whose roof was wholly full of sedums!

Amy Burzese said...

I've never heard of those type pork and beans. I love your crate. Show more as they progress, please!

Jeanie said...

This is what I SHOULD grow -- I sure have trouble remembering to water the other!